Sewn binding. Paper over boards. With dust jacket. 232 p. Audience: General/trade.
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An award-winning ecology writer goes looking for the
wilderness we''ve forgotten
Many people believe that only an ecological catastrophe will
change humanity''s troubled relationship with the natural world. In
fact, as J.B. MacKinnon argues in this unorthodox look at the
disappearing wilderness, we are living in the midst of a disaster
thousands of years in the making-and we hardly notice it. We have
forgotten what nature can be and adapted to a diminished world of
our own making.
In The Once and Future World, MacKinnon invites us to
remember nature as it was, to reconnect to nature in a meaningful
way, and to remake a wilder world everywhere. He goes looking for
landscapes untouched by human hands. He revisits a globe exuberant
with life, where lions roam North America and ten times more whales
swim in the sea. He shows us that the vestiges of lost nature
surround us every day: buy an avocado at the grocery store and you
have a seed designed to pass through the digestive tracts of huge
animals that have been driven extinct.
The Once and Future World is a call for an "age of
rewilding," from planting milkweed for butterflies in our own
backyards to restoring animal migration routes that span entire
continents. We choose the natural world that we live in-a choice
that also decides the kind of people we are.